Continuing Ed

Continuing Education – VERY IMPORTANT INFO FOR VOLUNTEERS

Brush Country CASA works diligently to provide new and informative continuing education topics to empower our volunteers to be the best that they can be for the children they serve. We have recently implemented a Continuing Education Review Form which allows our volunteers to document time spent reading books and articles or watching television programs and movies pertaining to topics relating to family dynamics, substance abuse, laws and permanency, etc. We will continue to email our volunteers of in-service opportunities such as webinars, seminars/conferences, and in-office training classes.
 
As a reminder, National CASA and Texas CASA Standards require each volunteer to maintain 12 hours of continuing education annually.  Standard 7. C. Volunteer Training it states,
 
1. The CASA/GAL program delivers training to volunteers using the National CASA Volunteer
Training Curriculum or its equivalent. All such training materials are subject to review and
revision by Texas CASA. The purpose of the training is to increase the knowledge, skills and
abilities of volunteers so that they can fulfill the roles and responsibilities of a CASA
volunteer.
 
2. The training consists of and the program documents at least 30 hours of required pre-service
training and 12 hours of required in-service training per year. The number of in-service 
training hours required for newly trained volunteers will be adjusted (or prorated) dependent 
on the time of year the volunteer is trained.
 
In standard 7. F. Dismissal of a CASA Volunteer it states,
 
2. Appropriate grounds for dismissal of a CASA volunteer include, but are not limited to:
 
   a. Taking action without program or court approval which endangers the child or is
   outside the role or authority of the CASA/GAL program.
   b. Engaging in ex-parte communication with the court.
   c. Violating a program policy, court rule or law.
   d. Failing to complete required pre-service and in-service training. 
   e. Failing to demonstrate an ability to effectively carry out assigned duties.
   f. Falsifying a volunteer application or misrepresenting facts during the screening
   process.
   g. Having allegations of child abuse/neglect brought against them.
   h. Experiencing an irresolvable conflict of interest.
 
If you have any questions regarding any of the above information please do not hesitate to contact us. We respect your commitment to CASA.  Thank you.
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